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Top spot in the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association’s competitive division changed hands Sunday at UVic, but most of the excitement came in the middle game of the day.
Down 3-2 at the half to the always dangerous Tigers, who carried much of the play in the first two quarters, the Victoria League Selects put together a big second half and overtook the men in black to post a 5-4 victory.
Derrick Norton and Sanjiv Galhon scored a pair of goals each for the Selects (2-3-2), while Kai Lawrence bagged a single.
The win spoiled a brilliant three-goal performance from the Tigers’ Josh Brown, whose first two goals came off lightning-quick spinaround reverse stick shots. Parm Sahota scored the other goal for Tigers (3-4-0).
Some apparent confusion late in the fourth quarter, with Tigers scrambling to get the 5-5 goal, ultimately took away the team’s last-ditch momentum.
A Tigers defender who had been issued a green card and a two-minute suspension with just under two minutes to play, stepped back onto the field well before his time was up and was involved in an attacking play. Play was whistled down and he was sent back off, while the Tigers’ captain was handed a yellow card for the team playing with too many men.
The late game of the day saw Rebels 1 (4-2-2) down a shorthanded Vikes side 5-1 to leapfrog ahead of UVic atop the competitive division.
Johnny Jacoby notched a pair of goals in the win, while singles came from Owen Dahl, Ricky Kong and Gavin O’Halloran. Chase Martin scored for the Vikes (4-4-0).
The recreation division game to start the day saw Hawks pad their lead with a 5-1 win over Marauders. Still undefeated at 4-0 to start the season, Hawks got goals from Gurcharn Athwal, Bobby Virk, Amit Dillon, Vardeep Gill and Shawn Kalar, while Kirn Khaira tallied for the Marauders.
Next weekend’s games open with Marauders taking on Rebels 2 at 10:30 a.m., followed by Tigers vs. Rebels 1 at noon and Selects vs. Vikes at 1:30 p.m.

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Rajiv Dillon and the Tigers made the most of set piece plays Sunday on the turf at UVic, knocking off Rebels, the hottest team in the Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association’s competitive division, by a narrow 3-2 margin.
Dillon pulled the trigger with no time remaining in the fourth quarter and the teams tied 2-2. His third goal of the contest, all of which came off penalty corners, ended the game on a positive note for Tigers.
The victory not only avenged a 3-1 loss to the Rebels in the teams’ previous matchup on Oct. 29, it pulled Tigers (3-3-0) to within two points of Rebels for second place with a game in hand.
Alex Moore and Bevan Vandenberg tallied for the Rebels (3-2-2), who were handed their first loss in five games.
Division-leading UVic Vikes had the weekend off for reading break.
The day’s recreation division game saw Hawks run Rebels 2 out of steam in the second half en route to a 3-0 victory. The game was scoreless at the half, but the as-yet unbeaten Hawks (3-0-0) got goals from Hardeep Grewal, Rishi Sharma and Gursharan Kalar to put the game away.
Rebels fell to 0-2-1 on the season.
Next weekend’s return to a full slate of games sees Hawks take on Marauders in rec play to start the day at 10:30 a.m., followed by competitive division matches at noon (Tigers vs. Victoria League Selects) and 1:30 p.m. (Vikes vs Rebels 1).
Inset picture: Rajiv Dillon (left, in black), had the literal eye of the Tiger on Sunday at UVic, scoring three times off penalty corners to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 last-play victory over Rebels 1. (Photo by Don Descoteau)

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The UVic Vikes may be cultivating a new nickname for themselves after Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Victoria League Selects: The Magnificent Seven.
Down several players for the entirety of their Oct. 29 contest in Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association play at UVic, the Vikes (4-2-0) managed to generate a full squad’s worth of offence and maintain their lead atop the competitive division table.
Phillip Steeves scored twice and Ryan Knight and Grant Simpson once each in the win over a Selects team that looked suspiciously like the old Mutineers – right down to the green jerseys – with a handful of Marauders rec players bringing the numbers up and contributing significantly.
Callups Tom Vincent, Mark Baggott and Iosvani Marrero scored for the Selects (1-3-1) in an impressive show of support for their team’s competitive affiliate.
The day’s late game saw Rebels 1 (3-1-1) keep pace with the Vikes with a 3-1 victory over Tigers. Gavin O’Halloran scored twice to lead the Rebels attack, while Dale Kirk added a single. Javier Virk tallied for Tigers (1-3-0).
The Sunday opener saw Rebels 2 erase a 2-0 deficit to Marauders and come back to post a 2-2 tie in rec division action. It was the first point of the season earned by both teams.
Solid pressure around the Rebels net yielded tap-in goals by Marauders forwards Don Descoteau and Jay Flye to make it 2-0. But the Rebels mounted a sustained attack of their own and got second-half goals from Clive Wheatley and Simon Lightbody. Rebels continued to press in the game’s final stages, but some timely defensive clears allowed Marauders to preserve the tie.
Next weekend opens at 10:30 a.m. with the second rec division jamboree of the season, followed by competitive games at noon (Selects vs. Rebels 1) and 1:30 p.m. (Vikes vs. Tigers).
Photos from today’s action can be found on the VIFHA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GVmensFhockey

Photo insert: Rebels’ Ray Bailey looks to send a ball into the D, where teammate Clive Wheatley waits for a tip-in opportunity, while Marauders defender Thomas White (right) prepares to help out keeper Kelvin Kum. (Photo by Don Descoteau)

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As they lined up to face the Rebels in Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association play Sunday on the newly renamed Lynn Beecroft Field at UVic, the Vikes men hoped to keep the celebrations going.
The top two competitive division teams faced off a short time after the Vikes women captured their fifth straight Canada West conference banner with a 1-0 victory over UBC.
Unlike their female counterparts on the day, the Vikes men were unable to get on the scoresheet
in dropping a 2-0 decision to Rebels (2-1-1) , who moved within two points of UVic (3-2-0) with the win.
Johnny Jacoby and Dale Kirk tallied for the winners while Felix Randall picked up the shutout in goal.
The league returns to a full slate of games next weekend, with Marauders taking on Rebels 2 in rec division play at 10:30 a.m., followed by Victoria League Selects vs. the Vikes at noon and Rebels 1 vs. Tiger at 1:30 p.m.

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Rebels 1 put themselves into the win column in convincing style Sunday at UVic, roaring to a 5-0 victory over Victoria League Selects in Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association competitive division play.
Mike Cleverly led the way scoring two goals in the win, while Johnny Jacoby, Owen Dahl and Alex Moore added singles. Felix Randall recorded the shutout in net for Rebels, who improved to 1-1-1. The Selects fell to 1-2-1.
Earlier, the previously undefeated Vikes were forced to forfeit their scheduled game against the Tigers, after failing to have enough players to contest the game. As insufficient notice was given of the player shortage, the score goes into the books as a 5-0 defeat.
Vikes fell to 3-1 for the season while Tigers improved to 1-2.
The morning’s recreational division match saw Hawks use a strong second half to outlast the Marauders in recording a 4-1 win.
Vardeep Gill used his long reach to good advantage, bagging two goals to lead the Hawks attack, while Gurcharn Athwal and Amar Bajwa tallied once each.
The Hawks sturdy defence allowed few good scoring chances by the Marauders, but Jay Flye managed to beat Sudershan Virk for his team’s lone goal, one-timing a perfect upside-down-stick pass from fellow lefty Kirn Khaira.
With the women’s Vikes hosting Canada West play again this Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, the lone VIFHA game on the schedule Oct. 22 is the Vikes men against Rebels 1 starting at 1:30 p.m.
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Photo: In action during their Oct. 15 game at UVic, Hawks’ Shawn Kalar winds up for a shot on goal against Marauders keeper Kelvin Kum, with defender Mark Baggott standing at the ready at the post. Find more photos from the game at: https://www.facebook.com/GVmensFhockey